The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has announced the winners of its 2019 American Image Awards, whose ceremony will be held in New York on April 15. Birkenstock, the German company best known for its cork sandals, won “Company of the Year”, while American Eagle Outfitters will take home the prize of “Retailer of the Year”. The event will also honor Eileen Fisher as Designer of the Year and Disney’s collection with Ruthie Davis has been chosen as the best fashion collaboration.
"For more than four decades, AAFA has brought together the industry's best to celebrate incredible honorees, in a setting that is fitting of their influence," said Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association, in a statement.
The AAFA is the national trade association representing apparel, footwear and other sewn products companies, and their suppliers. More than 1,000 world brands are represented by the organization.